About Us

About Us 2017-09-15T15:29:34+00:00

HistoriCorps’ mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education.

HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources exist for generations to come.

We have fun, get dirty, work hard, and feel deeply satisfied when we can preserve a national treasure.

HistoriCorps History

HistoriCorps evolved out of a network of volunteers and professionals dedicated to saving America’s special places.

Between 2002 and 2007, a group representing land managers and preservation stewards got together to restore buildings in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest, Leadville, and Twin Lakes. The partnership demonstrated that a public-private program engaging a network of volunteers and professionals in the preservation of historic places was possible.

In 2009, the United States Forest Service (USFS) approached Colorado Preservation Inc. (CPI) with the idea to form a “corps” modeled after community service programs like the renowned Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps.  The program was created through an appropriation of funding by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The first official HistoriCorps preservation project was a community work-day in October 2009 to paint, clean, and repair the USFS Ranger Station and the facades of historic buildings on Main Street of Saguache, Colorado. The project involved 30 volunteers from the community.

There was a need in America for an organization that could conduct “step-on, step-off” projects to save historic structures on public lands and provide resources including volunteers, expertise, tools, and equipment. HistoriCorps is now building the capacity of public land management agencies to preserve their historic resources, advance green technologies, and foster stewardship among local communities. By working with constituents, partners and alternative workforces, HistoriCorps is implementing meaningful solutions that save special places for generations to come.

In January 2013, HistoriCorps became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

“Without volunteers like us, a lot of these things just go to waste and rot away because nobody has the money, the time, or the work force to do it,”
- Amanda Tulley

Our Dedicated HistoriCorps team. Leadership with a difference.

 “Our work is important, simply because if we forget our history, we really won’t have any direction for our future,”
HistoriCorps Project Supervisor John Bales

Townsend H. “Towny” Anderson
Townsend H. “Towny” Anderson Executive Director
Jonas Landes
Jonas LandesDirector of Operations
Steve Seebohm
Steve SeebohmOperations and Projects Manager
Liz Rice
Liz RiceVolunteer Manager
Donald Rae
Donald RaeDevelopment Officer
Jeremy Spates
Jeremy SpatesBusiness Manager
Krista Zampacorta
Krista ZampacortaAmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America)

HistoriCorps Institute Team   |   Petersburg, VA

Robert Ogle
Robert OgleDirector, HistoriCorps Institute
Jamie Tobias
Jamie TobiasMarketing Manager, HistoriCorps Institute

HistoriCorps Board Members

Michael Metcalf

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Metcalf Archaeological Consultants

Robert Musgraves


President and COO of Titanium Metals Corps (Retired)

Edward Weihman


President, Kirkwood, Weihman & Co., LLC

Robert E. Hartzell


Director, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (Retired)

Robert G. H. Pahl


President, Pahl Architecture LLC. (Retired)

Awards  and  Recognition

Awards and Recognition for Preservation Excellence

Preserve America RGBWe are thrilled and honored that HistoriCorps has been officially designated as a Preserve America Steward for our work engaging volunteers to save and sustain historic places on public lands throughout the country. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the enthusiasm and tireless dedication of our amazing volunteers! Check out this Preserve America Steward Designation Letter from First Lady Michelle Obama. You can read more about Preserve America Steward program, administered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation here.